Post by fightingvipers on Oct 27, 2013 22:29:45 GMT
Yes with the PS1 the early models are prone to failure it seems now only the last ones come up for sale on ebay and seem to be working. The Playstation 1 as a whole was built like crap, ive come across 2 now with dead cd drives. Saturn is a very hardy machine as is the Dreamcast but i still say some need to be safeguarded, id like a few backup machines just in case.
Last Bronx one of Saturns underated fighters, give it some love
Haven't got a dead PS1 yet but luckily the consoles are not in short supply. I have noticed it's hard to get a chipped PS1 that plays every disc. Some games work on some consoles and visa versa it seems, regardless of the age of the console itself. But I will keep picking them up when I can find them cheap.
Something needs to be done for the future as the saturn never sold that well and supplies will run out. Same goes for the game disks an effort needs to be made to preserve the games because some of the exclusive to Saturn will someday be gone for good. No matter how you feel about Saturn and its games it was a milestone in console history, the machine deserves to be saved to make sure in years to come there are working examples. From my own stand point im going to start buying up working saturns and spares to store for the long haul. Just my thoughts
Couldn't agree more. The same goes for other consoles as wells. I personally have been stocking up on NES, Genesis, Sega CD and Game Gear consoles. I've even been buying up lots of nonworking consoles as well. At 3 to 5 bucks a piece for nonworking consoles, I'm slowing building a HUGE collection of original spare parts.
Anybody try an optima-7 laser pickup? I just bought a used Saturn from a local eBayer and instead of the 6s, I'm thinking of using the 7. Differences look like the metal body of the 6 has been replaced by a plastic body. Design wise, looks like it's been really optimized also. Maybe the weight savings will save on the wear and tear of the laser motor?
There is one orange pot on the laser itself, and two to five on the whole cd unit. Early saturns (va0 and va1) with 20-pin connectors have 5 pots (and one ), later ones have two. Not entirely sure what each one of them does. When I experimented on the early unit cd drive, one of the pots seemed to affect the amount of time the unit spends on trying to read data, while another affected the speed the cd was spinning at. Here's a page with some more details / assumptions: www.mrvfone.com.au/sega/saturn.htm
The pots are not marked at all on the later models though, and I've found no info on those. Perhaps if I read some documentation on cdrom controllers (or a general theory on how they work), I could come up with an educated guess.
... not wanting to be the party pooper here .... but that link doesn't work .... whats the deal ?? I'm having some problems with my unit ...I just swapped the whole assembly .... original exl-p604 .... with new unit exl-p605
that orange pot is in a different position on the new unit than the old one .... im getting the same problem .... reads games as regular CDs .... what to do